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I have no idea what to do anymore. Bloating/Floating

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What size is your tank? 2g
What temperature is your tank? 80*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Brine Shrimp (TopFin) and Bloodworms (Omega)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day w/ one rest day of no food.

How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20% then 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner only

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Tests were normal.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's become more inactive as this has lingered.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Almost a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
In order, I've scrubbed his tank several occasions (there was brown algae and I thought that was it), bought PhosGuard to treat the algae and cleared up immediately; though he didn't improve. I've attempted 5-10minute salt baths for 5 days each, first with Aq. Salt then with Epsom salt after a week rest period; no improvement. Bought an actual antibiotic salt (Metro) thinking it might've been internal parasites, gave him 5-10minute baths for four days since he wouldn't eat soaked foods; no improvement. I've changed his food several times as well. He had a normal diet of brine shrimp (TopFin) and bloodworms (Omega) until this started. In the beginning I fasted him for a few days and then gave him a pea, it bloated him as well. I then switched to daphina and mysis (Zoo Ned), then flakes (Tetra), then pellets (Tetra). Each food makes him bloat, though I'm glad he is still eating. Each time I feed him I've soaked the foods thoroughly.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Once before with popeye when he wasn't in my care.
How old is your fish (approximately)? A year

It's been such a long time that he's been like this, he seems to be getting depressed and I don't know what to do. I'd really value some help.
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Sounds like he is a victim of a very poor diet. Freeze dried foods cause bloating. You need to feed him a premium food such as Omega One betta buffet pellets or New Life Spectrum betta pellets. You shouldn't feed your betta peas, they are carnivores and cannot digest them.

You might want to treat the bloat with Epsom salt.

VivianKJean did a really good write up on treatment of bloat & SBD in this post. Check out posts # 5&7,
I used the pea, thinking it was constipation. I don't do it regularly.
Why not post your test results? "Normal" doesn't really give us much to work on.
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.0
Hardness: 75
Alkalinity: I don't know how to test for this one but my pH is always the same.
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