Cardano Stake Pool That’s Built To Last
0% Fee & Unbeatable Uptime.
Maximize Your Staking Rewards.
We run two stake pools with 0% fee, and fund critical global projects from the minimum mandatory fixed fee. Staking with us maximizes your rewards while funding important projects that affect us all.
When we say 100% uptime, we mean it. Nodes are automatically checked every 10 seconds. Every part of our pool has multiple redundancies for network connectivity and electrical power. We also have live backups ready for instant switching in case of hardware failure.
We have the lowest fees possible, so your rewards are maximized. Our fee is 0.00% and we don’t expect to change it because profit is not our goal. We benefit primarily from our own staking rewards, but also from Cardano’s compulsory minimum fee. This is enough to keep us sustainable, while also donating to global projects.
We have active staff 24/7, 365 days/year. If there’s a problem, our on-site staff know within seconds. We have never missed a block.
DDOS protection is just the beginning. Block-producers never connect to the Internet, and relays meet highest security standards.
5 Relays On 3 Continents
Our relays are in North America, Australia and Europe. Each relay connects to 30 different hand-picked nodes. This ensures rapid block propagation.
Our staff are available 24/7 to ensure uptime. If there were a failure of any kind, automated systems remedy the problem. But our staff are always watching, and ready for anything.
Our only fee is Cardano’s mandatory “minimum fee” of 340 ADA per epoch. It’s more than we need to be sustainable, so we donate to critical projects that benefit us all.
We Keep You Informed
If there’s anything you should know to maximize your rewards, we let you know. Join our mailing list for updates.
We’re Here To Stay
Pools sometimes shut without warning. So if your chosen pool disappears, you might not even notice for a month. In this case you’d lose a month of rewards. We’re not going anywhere, so rest assured your rewards are on autopilot.
How To Get Started
1. Fund Your Daedalus or Yoroi Wallet
Install Daedalus or Yoroi software, then create and fund your wallet with ADA. Go to the delegation area and search for “CNODE” or “FUND”, select to delegate, and follow the prompts. It’s that simple.
2. Join Our Mailing List
Join our mailing list & we’ll keep you informed of anything that affects your rewards. We’ll keep your email private, and will never spam you.
Performance metrics are proof stake pool operators keep their word.
PLEDGE: 500,000 ADA
PLEDGE: 500,000 ADA
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I start staking ADA?
Cardano’s guide is at https://cardano.org/stake-pool-delegation/ which explains how to stake. Basically move your ADA to Cardano’s Daedalus wallet, and let the software synchronize to the network (this can take minutes or even hours depending on your connection). Then go to the Delegation section and search for “CNODE” or “FUND” to find our stake pools. Select either pool and follow the prompts to begin delegating. That’s all you need to do. Remember it can take some time before your switch to our pool is complete, and begin maximizing your rewards.
Q. How can I stake with Yoroi wallet?
Go to the delegation tab, search for our pools (CNODE or FUND), press the delegate button, and follow the steps. If it’s the first time you delegate with Yoroi, you need to make a 2 ADA deposit (which is returned to you when you undelegate and deregister your delegation key).
Q. How do you know we won’t suddenly change the fee without you knowing?
You can check our fee via the Daedalus wallet anytime. Our fee is 0.00%, with the intention of maintaining no fee. We’ll notify you well beforehand if this ever changes. Subscribe to our mailing list to be informed.
Q. When am I paid rewards?
When you first start delegating to any stake pool, your first payout is 16-20 days. Then your payouts are regularly every “epoch”. An “epoch” is 5 days. It’s the same regardless of which stake pool you choose.
Q. Are there delays in payments when I delegate to Cardanode?
No, you’ll still get payouts every 5 days from your previous pool. You start getting paid from our pool after 16-20 days. This time period is the same for every stake pool.
Q. How do I know if I’ve successfully started staking?
In the Daedalus wallet’s staking area, you will see the pool you’re delegating to.
Q. How do you ensure 100% uptime?
100% uptime means we’ll never a miss a block, and your staking rewards are maximized. We’re “redundantly paranoid” about about uptime.
Our block-producer has multiple redundant “automatic failover” connections to each relay, and synchronized backups ready at all times. Furthermore, a camera from a separate machine is aimed at the physical terminal to monitor it, using computer vision technology. It checks the “transactions processed”, block number, slot number, and “number of peers” are as they should be.
Relays also have redundant connections, and connect to 30 different hand-picked peers to ensure rapid propagation. All machines use an uninterruptible power supply and off-grid power backups. Automated monitoring software checks occur every 10 seconds for the block-producer, and every 60 seconds for relays. In the event of a technical problem, all staff are notified by SMS and email, although the on-duty staff can immediately rectify the issue.
The worst case scenario would be a hardware failure for the block-producer. In this case, the relays would switch to the live backup. The maximum downtime would be 30-40 seconds. The chances of missing a block in this time are negligible.
We are confident we’ll never miss a block. But no pool can guarantee this. We’re no different. We can only assure you we follow the best possible practices to maximize staking rewards. Remember, we stake our own funds via our pledge. So if you lose, we’d lose too. Even if by some miracle we missed a block, our low fees make up for it.
Q. What makes one stake pool more profitable than another?
Normally every stake pool averages 5.5% rewards in the long-term. Random fluctuations make some stake pools temporarily more or less profitable than average, but only in the short-term. It’s random, and just how Cardano’s algorithms work. In the long-term, your maximum possible rewards still come back to 5.5% per year.
However, every stake pool operator charges fees, which are their cut of your 5.5%. Our fees are currently 0.00%, so you get 100% of your rewards. From this perspective alone, our stake pool gives you the maximum rewards possible.
But low fees alone don’t guarantee maximum rewards. The other considerations are explained below:
1. SATURATED POOLS HAVE REDUCED REWARDS
When a pool is “saturated” (full), your rewards are reduced. So you should avoid pools that are either saturated, or very close to being saturated. Saturated pools have a full green bar. And over-saturated pools appear with an orange bar in Daedalus. See examples below:
So it’s preferable to delegate to “less saturated” pools. This is Cardano’s way of encouraging decentralization. Our original pool (CNODE) became too saturated, so we created our second pool (FUND).
2. SERVER DOWNTIME REDUCES YOUR REWARDS
If a stake pool has frequent downtimes, it can miss blocks, and you miss out on rewards. And you may not even know for 16-20 days – or at all. So stake pools must use best practises to ensure uptime.