New here, need some help

Sep 2018
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Michigan, USA
Hello there! I'm in need of some help with a reaction that I'm fairly certain I messed up big time. I was attempting to make copper (II) sulphate through electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid solution w/ copper electrodes. That part went well. I did not use exact amounts, just eyeballed it. At the end, my solution looked like this: https://imgur.com/a/YG1QQHI

Then after filtering it looked like this: https://imgur.com/a/Kg7AOKj

So I proceeded to filter and wash a few times and then I was left with these two. One with a nice, clean look (right) and another that looked like it was carrying some impurities (left): https://imgur.com/a/gD0m0Mj

I put the one that looked impure in a 500mL flask and set it back on to boil more. As I did that, I made a small saturated sodium bicarbonate solution in a 50 mL beaker. I used a pipette to put a small amount of the clean solution into it and it made a cloudy solution. I watered it down and filtered it into a 50 mL flask and it gave me this: https://imgur.com/a/iAi8FtE
I thought it was the same thing given the colour but what happens next proves that wrong.

Upon adding a sodium bicarbonate solution, it foamed vigorously and left me with a cloudy, light blue solution (left): https://imgur.com/a/UrVrBUq
After some thought I feared I had created copper carbonate in my attempt to neutralise the acidic solutions from earlier.

As I filtered the solution out, it left this blue paste on the paper towels (had no filter paper), and I'm pretty sure it's copper carbonate: https://imgur.com/a/F6KYU3b

So now I'm left with three solutions. A cloudy light blue one; a dark, clear but almost murky one; and a clear royal blue one (3 images): https://imgur.com/a/sPDD79A

Did I end up making copper carbonate or something else? If so, how can I avoid this in the future and make copper (II) sulphate? Do I just do what I did last time, but instead of neutralising I just wash with water, then let it evapourate? Does H2SO4 even evapourate? Any and all help is appreciated.