@W. H. Heydt, thanks for your feedback. I will give Raspbian more consideration as you suggest. If not mistaken Pi0W runs on Raspbian, so it seems I need to dive into that pool anyways.
What my hydroponics controller is ATM, is a Freetronics Ethermega, a clock, 2 temp/humidity sensors, 8 relays and 8 dosing pumps. I can dose in 1-80ml of nutrient and pump water into reservoirs in 0.25-10.00 gallons. I utilize Blynk to handle most of the networking stuff and the pumps I just described actually relies on Blynk to pass on the dose amounts I select. If I were to say request doses from 2 or more dosing pumps while water is being pumped in all while the time based tasks and climate based tasks are being executed, the Ethermega will most likely lock up and freeze pin states to their current position at the time of crash, i.e. pumps stay on, lights stay on, other lights stay off. Assuming I can get the Pi3B communicating with Pi0W (et al), I am confident I can migrate my circuits over into a 3v3 environment with minimal changes. The code is my weak suit, but with Arduino, it was only one language for the most part. With Pi, it seems every single other language is, or can be used which puts me at a great disadvantage. I presume your suggestion of Raspbian would be adequate to create the kind of environment I seek from all my devices, Pi3B and 1 or more Pi0W's in particular. None the less, I will jump into Raspbian tomorrow and see what the WWW fortune cookie will reveal. Thanks again!