Why TurtleCoin®?
TurtleCoin® is a fast, easy and private cryptocurrency which allows you to send money to friends and businesses.

One of TurtleCoin®’s main goals is to make things as simple and as accessible as possible for everyday people, creating a cryptocurrency which is inviting, fun and friendly.

TurtleCoin®’s code is forked from the Bytecoin code, and it has majorly the same privacy features you’ll find in Monero and Aeon. Every transaction is private, by default.

Which miner should I choose?
For CPUs we recommend using XMRig on Linux and macOS. SRBMiner for CPU on Windows we have been noticing slightly higher hashrates than XMRig.

For AMD Polaris — RX4xx and RX5xx, we find that TeamRedMiner is currently most efficient. AMD Navi — RX5500, RX5600, RX5700 and AMD Vega — 10, 56, 64, we find perform better on SRBMiner-Multi.

There was an issue with a recent version of AMD Drivers for Windows causing rejected shares or not able to mine at all. SRBMiner-Multi was just updated and our testing has shown that the latest version of SRBMiner-Multi and latest AMD drivers are working well.

For most NVIDIA GPUs we find that CryptoDredge is currently most efficient.

Be sure to have the latest NVIDIA drivers for your card and also the latest CUDA toolkit.

For miner download links and configuration head on over to Getting Started 🐢🐢

Why should I not mine on any pool that has close to or over 49% of the network?
Decentralizing the hash proof of work across several pools on any network is important for security of the coin network.

The problem:

When you are mining TurtleCoin®, you’re processing transactions and getting paid with fresh new TRTL entering the network in the form of a reward for you. When you mine on a pool, you share this reward with the other people who helped the pool catch a block, so periodically, you get a piece of that reward in your wallet.

When a big pool has more than 49% of the network, they can do things like stop including transactions, which means nobody can send money, or they can even work very hard to damage the network and steal from exchanges by sending TRTL to be sold, then selling, then reverting the last 120+ blocks to make it so that the TRTL never left their wallet.

This has never happened. But it can happen when any pool has over 49%.

Another problem:

In order to gracefully spin down the current v1 chain, we need pools to work together to run the latest software.

A pool with more than 50% of the hashrate stands a chance of disrupting the transition to v2 and causing confusion among users who will ultimately miss the transition and lose coins.

This is a difficult social problem to overcome.

The solution:

If you are a miner, please hear my humble appeal to choose other pools.

There are a lot of great pools out there with admins who are really on top of their jobs, like Mine2gether, HashVault, (TurtleTurtle.Club :D) and others you can find listed here: TurtleCoin® Pools List

When you see the message the bot posts in the chat, it will have a clickable link that will send you to the list of pools, so if you see a user who mines on HeroMiners, please be courteous and direct them to click the link and choose a better pool.

From Reddit — RockSteady

My hashrate is wrong! Why?
When you first start mining there’s a ‘ramp-up’ period. As you keep mining and submitting accepted shares, it’ll increase.

The pool determines your hashrate based on the amount of shares sent by your mining rigs (workers).

This value could be a little bit different from reported hashrate (in your mining software), but usually will average out over the long term when looking at 24 hour or higher timeframes.

How is ‘Current Payout Estimate’ calculated?
The estimated payout is a calculated using your percentage of valid shares on the total for current round in proportion to the total shares submitted by all miners/workers in that round.

This percentage is then applied to the reward of the last block found by the network and subtracting the small pool fee.

See the Worker Statistics page on the pool web page.

I have been mining on this pool for 1 hour but still have not received any payouts. WTF?
Once a block is found by the pool, you will get your reward. In the case of TurtleCoin®, a block has 100 confirmations before the pool starts its payout cycle. Typically within an hour for a completed block, plus the the time interval set by the pool operator on the pool’s Dashboard screeen.

Payments can be halted for various reasons within the automated pool software, but infrequently. Any payment issues will be resolved ASAP by the pool operator. Don’t panic, but check with pool support. There is also a minimum payment amount set by the pool operator and listed also on the Dashboard screen.

Payments for matured blocks that meet the minimum can also be triggered manually by a pool operator/administrator. Please have your information all in order before you ask such as miner application, version number, gpu and cpu information, wallet addresses, and error messages reported.

Check the Pool Blocks page for the status of any pool found block.

How long does it take to find a block?
It depends on amount of active miners. The more miners work on a pool, the more hashrate the pool has, the more blocks are found by the pool.

However, the more miners are active, the less reward you get from each block found. Probabilistically, even smaller pools will less miners or hash rate will eventually get a block.

The block time is how long it can take on average amount effort. TurtleCoin® has block timeframes on the average of 30 seconds. Some blocks are solved faster than the average block time, some blocks can have a higher than average block effort time.

Other pools might solve the block first, and there is a slim possibility of an orphan block on a coin being mined.

I’ve been banned by the pool itself. What do I do now?
Disconnect your miner for two minutes at least. Then try again.

Please pay close attention to error messages reported by the pool software to your miner client software. Often issues with difficulty settings or miner GPU settings can cause failed shares. Check your miner logs.

Did you forget to turn off nicehash option?

For persistent banning, check with the pool operator or administrator to see if there is something else going wrong outside of your control.

Support contacts will usually be listed on the pool’s website.

Where are the stats for the pool? Why hasn’t anything changed?
The dashboard lists the coins being mined, reward for each block, current effort on each block for the merged mining.

Sometimes the Pool Blocks section and Worker Statistics needs a refresh by your browser to get updated stats:

To hard refresh the website on Windows: CTRL+F5. To hard refresh on Mac: Hold down Cmd, Shift and press R.

What is difficulty?
Difficulty is a measure of how difficult it is to find a hash below a given target.

The target difficulty changes from block to block based on the network hashrate attempted by all nodes on a coin network.

What is luck (or effort)?
Mining is probabilistic in nature: if you find a block earlier than you statistically should on average you are lucky, if it takes longer, you are unlucky.

In a perfect world, the pool would find a block on 100% luck value. Less then 100% means the pool was lucky. More then 100% means the pool was unlucky.

What is a share?
A share is a possible valid hash for the block. Shares are beings sent by your rigs to the pool to prove their work.

You should set your fixed difficulty to be somewhere around your hash rate average on your miner multiplied by 28–30.

Aim for your average number of accepted shares to be within the block time (30 seconds average for TurtleCoin®)

If your shares are accepted faster, but with lower difficulty each share is worth less, but you should get at least one share in per average block time.

It doesn’t help the pool by spamming a large amount of low difficulty shares. It tends to tie up more resources and might get you banned.

What is a block?
Transaction data is recorded in blocks.

New transactions are being processes by miners into new blocks which are added to the end of the blockchain.

What is an orphan block?
An orphan is a block that didn’t meet the requirement as a solution to the block found.

Also, there can be a situation where another pool or solo miner found the block solution first, and narrowly won the race.

Blocks are confirmed by hash verification by all the nodes on the coin’s network.

If there is a consensus of which node (pool, solo) found it first, then that block is added to the block chain permanently with credit applying to that pool/solo/node.

Come mine some TurtleCoin® and hang at the turtliest turtle club: https://pond.turtleturtle.club