Cardano Explained Without Jargon & Within 199 words
Let's start with the executive summary:
Between 15-20 days after staking your Ada
Why is that? There are four steps.
Step 1: Your Ada is registered
The cardano network takes a snapshot of all staked/delegated Ada every 5 days (an epoch). After this snapshot your stake is registered.
Step 2: Your stake is active
Your Ada will be eligible for rewards after another epoch.
Step 3: Your rewards are calculated
After another epoch, your rewards will be calculated.
Step 4: Your rewards are paid
After yet another epoch, your rewards are paid.
If you delegate 1 day after the start of an epoch,
4 days later your stake is registered by the network (end of epoch),
5 days later it starts earning rewards,
5 days later your rewards are calculated and finally
5 days later your rewards are paid: 19 days passed.
Because this process continues, you will receive rewards every 5 days after your first payment.
Below you can see a visual presentation of this process
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