i veg in 3 gals & bend, tie and pinch. Clip every top about 7 days before flipping, which I'll do in 6's with a res change. Shift from TVF to Flowers and blooms. Once budding kicks it's on to garden of eden. Have to pray things don't grow all up into my lights. Lol. Nothing I don't love about the octos. I've even tried to fashion an octo-like system in 5gal buckets with a huge net cup filled with soil over a layer of stone. Once the roots hit water there things rock...but the octos are still better because of all the thought and problem solving all built into the design.
I'm finding that i dig Promix as @gardenartus has spoken of...easy to get caught in the trap of thinking the soil has to provide all this nutrient but really things are best when the roots can dive right for water/nutrient mix. The solid medium can than do what it does best: act as a filter and solid source of energetic grounding and motherfucking goodness.
Anyways, all that happens is I end up with monsters that want to eat up all the light in my 5x5 flower tent. It's crazy.