Gentlemen - I appreciate everyones help in trying to answer my questions and resolve my issue. I was all set to take photos to share but I will not waste anyones time.
As it turns out I am going to replace the entire toilet. The reason I am doing this is I cracked the tank last night.
I now need to buy a new tank. As it is the toilet is 18 years old so I might as well spend a few extra $ and just get the whole thing done.
However, when we moved in there is carpeting in the toilet room. I am going to rip this out and put tile down and then the new toilet. I have never laid tile so I guess I will be visiting the flooring forum soon so I can do it right.